SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Duke freshman Gary Trent, Jr. is one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award, announced by the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
Trent is one of two freshmen on the list of 10 finalists and one of two ACC players to make the cut.
The Columbus, Ohio native has emerged as one of the most lethal three-point shooters in the nation, knocking a team-best 65 threes and shooting .448 from behind the arc this season. His three-point shooting percentage leads all freshmen nationally and is second in the ACC. Trent is Duke’s second-leading scorer at 15.0 ppg, while his 18.0 ppg average in ACC play is sixth-best in the conference. He has scored in double figures in 17 games, cracking the 20-point mark on four occasions.
Four times this season, Trent has matched Duke’s freshman record for made threes in a game with six (at Boston College, vs. Wake Forest, at Miami, vs. Notre Dame).
Trent had his best game in at win at No. 25 Miami, leading Duke with 30 points on 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-9 from behind the arc. Duke finished the comeback win on a 30-9 run over the last eight minutes, with Trent contributing 12 points in the run.

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